The crystalline silicon (c-Si) program of the U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium (PVMC) performed a Pareto exercise with more than 30 separate organizations from industry, national labs, and academia to identify and prioritize the critical challenges for c-Si feedstock and wafering. An annual Pareto exercise such as this is not only a valuable tool to guide the identification and selection of potential consortium projects, but also an essential step towards achieving true consensus among its members.
Why improving efficiency, lifetime and overall system costs will continue to be critical to the success of PV.
A presentation of metrology that should help improve cell passivation – key for cost-effective fabrication of higher-efficiency solar cells.
A description of a new solar cell metrology technique that measures the full-spectrum external quantum efficiency, reflectance, internal quantum efficiency and short circuit current in one second.
Part 2 of an article describing a floating concentrated PV system, whereby the process of scaling up from a one-module prototype is described.
One way the federal government can have an unparalleled opportunity to promote the competitiveness of the U.S. photovoltaic industry, recapture lost market share, and retain and create millions of jobs in the U.S.
A solution is suggested regarding the issue of promising monocrystalline-like cast silicon not yet reaching its expected commercialization scale.
A description of a first step on the road toward a novel type of thin film solar cell.
Why it is imperative for future PV companies to combine manufacturing skills and innovation.
After nearly 20 years of roadmapping being a collaborative industry model, why it is still considered one of the most valuable tools for technology management.
The PV industry roadmaps point to increased complexity of cell processing to enable improved cell efficiencies while decreasing the final cost to customers. Many of these processes occur at elevated temperatures or in applications where the materials used in the process equipment require special properties of electrical or thermal conductivity.
Why Si NCs emerge as promising candidates for different PV scenarios of third-generation solar cells.
How measuring film thickness has increased the parameters that can be investigated to optimize solar cell efficiency.
The U.S. PV c-Si metrology sector has many challenges moving ahead, but is poised to tackle them through an industry-led R&D consortium.
A discussion of cost reduction potentials for a globally growing fabrication network.
Why faulty business decisions can have catastrophic impacts on business sustainability in PV manufacturing.
New approaches with deposition process and gas showerhead design for fabricating Si-HJ solar cell, compared with Si-TF solar module manufacturing.
A review of the technology and current status of specific fast spatial ALD tools that can be used in PV manufacturing.
Offering a broad portfolio of proven fluid management, high-performance materials and substrate handling solutions, Entegris solves the contamination, repeatability and process efficiency challenges faced in your manufacturing environment.
A description of the system features and performance of a floating CPV system being implemented on a reservoir belonging to Mekorot, the Israeli Water Utility Company.